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Written by Jim Kersten   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 12:21
MOLINE, Ill. (October 14, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have re-signed defenseman Mike Monfredo, the Mallards announced today.

“We’re very fortunate to have Mike coming back to play for us,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “Last year he was a top three defenseman for us.  He’s a shut-down guy who brings the physical part of the game.  He did a great job last year as a rookie and now we’re excited to see him take the next step and be the best defenseman he can be.”

Monfredo returns to the Quad Cities after skating in the training camp of the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals.  The 23-year old last season scored four goals, totaled 19 points and finished tied for fifth among Central Hockey League rookies in plus/minus rating (+11) while playing in each of the Mallards’ 66 regular season games.

Monfredo spent the 2011-12 season at the State University of New York-Fredonia, where he scored three goals and added five assists in 26 games.  The Shirley, New York, product played three seasons  of junior hockey for Motor City in the North American League  before heading to Fredonia.  In 2010-11, the 6’ 3”, 210-pound blue liner led the NAHL with 259 penalty minutes.

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, 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  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

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Houston Astros Minor League Season Recaps PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 12:12
PLAYOFFS!: Six of the Astros eight minor league clubs qualified for the playoffs this year, which set a franchise record...Oklahoma City, Corpus Christi, Lancaster, Quad Cities, Tri-City and Greeneville all participated in the postseason, making the Astros the first organization since the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003 to have 6 domestic minor league clubs qualify for the playoffs.
CHAMPS!: The Quad Cities River Bandits and Tri-City ValleyCats both won their league championship titles...marked the 6th title in River Bandits history and their 2nd in the last 3 seasons (were affiliated with STL from 2005-12)...for Tri-City, it marked their 2nd title in the last 4 seasons...the Astros were 1 of 3 orgs to have multiple championship teams (also SEA, KC).
30/30 CLUB: OF George Springer became the first minor leaguer since Grant Desme in 2009 to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in the same season...Springer was 1 of just 9 position players named to Baseball America’s minor league All-Star Team, and was also named to’s All-Prospect Team...he finished the regular season with a combined 37 homers and 45 stolen bases between Triple A OKC and Double A Corpus Christi...he finished among the top 5 players in all of the minors in runs (106), total bases (295), HR, RBI (108), SLG (.600), and OPS (1.010).
BEST IN THE MIDWEST: Even though SS Carlos Correa spent the 2013 season as the 2nd-youngest player in the Midwest League at 18-years-old, he still led the league in OPS (.872) while finishing 2nd in on-base percentage (.405) and 3rd in batting average (.320)...he also led all MWL shortstops in fielding percentage (.973) what was his first full minor league season, he was the youngest player in the MWL to receive Postseason All-Star honors.
PRO DEBUT: After being taken by the Astros with the #1 overall selection in the 2013 draft, RHP Mark Appel had a strong pro debut...went 3-1 with a 3.79 ERA, 33 K’s and 9 walks across 38.0 combined innings with Class A Quad Cities (8g) and Class A Short Season Tri-City (2g)...Appel gave up 1 earned run or less in 6 of his 8 outings with QC, and pitched the team to a 5-1 victory on Aug. 25 at Burlington that clinched a playoff berth for the Bandits (5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 SO).
YOUNG GUNS: The Astros system saw unprecedented success this year despite fielding some of the youngest rosters in the minors...the Triple A RedHawks and Double A Hooks each won the most games in their respective leagues while fielding the youngest rosters in their leagues...the Lancaster JetHawks were one of the three youngest teams in their league, while the Midwest League Champion Quad Cities River Bandits trotted out the 4th-youngest group of position players in their league.
VIVA MEXICO: On August 18, the Astros made a splash by announcing the signings of 2 of the top hitters in the Mexican League: 23-year-old Leo Heras and 26-year old Japhet Amador...Heras went 8x39 with a homer and 5 RBI in 10 games for the Double A Hooks... Amador went to Triple A OKC and posted a .302 average (13x43) in 10g.
FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR: A number of the Astros top prospects arrived in Houston this year and found success in the Majors...RHP Jarred Cosart’s 1.95 ERA was the lowest in the AL from his ML debut on 7/12 until his final start on 9/9...over his first 7 career starts, LHP Brett Oberholtzer led the American League with a 1.91 ERA...after getting recalled to Houston on August 4, RHP Brad Peacock posted a 3.38 ERA in 7 starts...OF Robbie Grossman has hit in 29 of his 35 games at a .322 clip since his most recent recall from Triple A...SS Jonathan Villar has hit .272 with a .354 OBP in his 49 games with the Astros, while leading all MLB rookies with 17 steals.
DEADLINE DEALS: The Astros made 4 trades to acquire young talent during July of 2013:
July 29
*Acquired OF Danry Vasquez and a PTBNL (RHP David Paulino) from DET in exchange for RHP Jose Veras.
July 31
*Acquired RHP Kyle Smith from KC in exchange for OF Justin Maxwell.
*Acquired LHP Josh Hader, OF L.J. Hoes and a 2014 competitive balance pick (A) from BAL in exchange for RHP Bud Norris and international pool space.
July 2
*Acquired Double A IF Ronald Torreyes from CHC in exchange for international pool space.
TRADE REVIEW: Here is how slotted the newly acquired prospects among the Astros top 20 prospects: Hader (#12), Smith (#15), Hoes (#18), Vasquez (#19)...prior to the trades, Hader and Hoes were rated by as the Orioles #5 and #7 prospects respectively...Smith came in as the Royals #11 prospect while Vasquez was listed as the Tigers #6 prospect.
THE FUTURE: Along with the Mets, the Astros had more prospects participate in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game this year than any other MLB organization...CF George Springer, 2B Delino DeShields and SS Carlos Correa each played in the game, while Corpus Christi Hooks manager Keith Bodie served on the coaching staff for the U.S. Team.
BEST PARKS: Modern Woodmen Park, the home of the Quad Cities River Bandits, was voted as the Best Minor League Ballpark after 4 weeks of nationwide voting by fans and readers of and USA TODAY...2 other Astros affiliates home stadiums also made the top 10: Corpus Christi’s Whataburger Field (#6) and OKC’s Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (#9).
SUPERB STAFFS: A number of the Astros managers, coaches and trainers were recognized by their respective leagues for their excellence during the 2013 season: California League Manager of the Year Rodney Linares (Lancaster)...Appalachian League Manager of the Year Josh Bonifay (Greeneville)...Texas League Coach of the Year Gary Ruby (Corpus Christi pitching coach)...California League Coach of the Year Darryl Robinson (Lancaster hitting coach)...California League Trainer of the Year Grant Hufford (Lancaster).

Experience the Iowa State Fairgrounds without the Hustle and Bustle of the Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Drew Norton   
Monday, 14 October 2013 13:14

DES MOINES, IA (10/14/2013)(readMedia)-- The seventh annual Fairgrounds 5K will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2013 on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Runners, joggers and walkers will have the opportunity to experience the Fairgrounds' park-like setting without the hustle and bustle of the Fair. Nothing compares to an Iowa State Fair corndog and this is your chance to enjoy one "guilt free".

The Blue Ribbon Foundation invites the entire family to participate in the afternoon's events including the 5K run, one mile walk, and the Chase the Cow Kids' Run. The entry fee price increases on October 21. Register today at

"In August, the Fairgrounds are filled with great people, music, entertainment, rides and the best food we all look forward to every year. The 5K is the perfect opportunity for Iowans to see how one of a kind our Fairgrounds are while the Fair is not going on and also support its preservation and renovation," said Peter Cownie, Blue Ribbon Foundation's new Executive Director. "I encourage all runners, walkers, and avid Fair-goers to take part in this special event."

For more information about the Fairgrounds 5K or the Blue Ribbon Foundation, please visit our website or call 1-800-450-3732.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has generated more than $95 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.


QC Mallards Season Opener is Saturday, October 19! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Monday, 14 October 2013 12:37
Attention all Quad City Mallards Fans!

Our partners with the River's Edge, the Quad City Mallards, will hold their season opener hockey game on:
Saturday, October 19, 7pm
at the iWireless Center in Moline
Quad City Mallards vs. Rapid City Rush
For more information, visit

Be sure and sign up to win a pair of free tickets to the Mallard's season opener.
You must fill out a form in peson at
The River's Edge, 700 W River Drive, Davenport
One entry per person

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Tips PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Larry Whiteley   
Friday, 11 October 2013 12:19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Tips presents free, seasonal how-to tips from professional fishing and hunting experts.  Each weekly tip offers practical advice to improve your skills.

Tips offered for November include:
• The best position to spot big bucks isn’t always where you’d think.  Get expert advice from RedHead© Pro Hunting team member, Bob Foulkrod.
• The little things count when hunting ducks.  Larry Whiteley, host of the award-winning Outdoor World Radio show, offers tips on how to take home the limit.
• The pros and cons of hunting deer in the rain are explained by Jerry Martin, member of the RedHead© Pro Hunting team.
• Hitting the mark of a moving target takes practice and dedication.  RedHead© Pro Hunting team member Allen Treadwell shares his practice tips.
• Food for thought.  When hunting for food, a doe can be a tasty choice.  Angie Ryan, RedHead© Pro Hunting team member, contributes her knowledge of why a doe may be a better option.

See the attached document for all of this month’s tips or visit and click on New & Tips.

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