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THE QUAD CITY WOLFPACK’S SPECIAL GUEST TIM DWIGHT WILL SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AT THE GAME ON SATURDAY 8/10 @ 7:00 P.M. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gale McClean   
Friday, 09 August 2013 13:17

The Quad City Wolfpack semipro football team is playing the Omaha Outlaws at Augustana College Ericson Field located in the far northeast corner of the Augustana College campus in Rock Island, IL this Saturday, August 10th at 7:00 p.m. The Wolfpack’s record is 6 – 1 this season. This is their last home game before the playoffs begin.

Tim Dwight is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver and return specialist in the NFL for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, and was a two-time All-American. He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Falcons, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Oakland Raiders of the NFL. Dwight is often remembered for his 94-yard touchdown return on a kickoff in Super Bowl XXXIII against the Denver Broncos.

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RUIZ, JANKOWSKI WIN ASTROS' JULY HONORS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 09 August 2013 12:46


Third baseman wins club's Player of the Month, promoted right-hander wins Pitcher of the Month

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AUG. 7, 2013) – Third baseman Rio Ruiz is the Quad Cities River Bandits Player of the Month for July, and right-handed pitcher Jordan Jankowski is the team's Pitcher of the Month, the Houston Astros announced on Tuesday.

The Houston Astros Player Development Department named a Pitcher and Player of the Month at each of their eight minor league affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team.

Ruiz, the Astros' fourth-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, had his best month of the season with a .279 batting average, three home runs and a team-high 15 RBIs in 23 games at third base. The 19-year-old Covina, Calif., native had seven multi-hit games, six doubles and one triple for a .477 slugging percentage during July. Until July 20, he had a 26-road-game on-base streak that is currently tied for second longest in the Midwest League this season. Through Monday, Ruiz was second on the team with eight home runs and third with 47 RBIs and a .399 slugging percentage.

Jankowski, the Astros' 34th round pick in 2012, posted a 1.86 ERA while walking just one batter in six outings spanning 19 2/3 innings in July. The McMurray, Pa., native's 0.72 walks-plus-hits-per-inning-pitched (WHIP) was the best among River Bandits pitchers who threw at least eight innings in the month. Earlier this season, Jankowski was named a Midwest League All-Star. The 24-year-old was promoted on Monday to advanced Class-A Lancaster after going 3-1 in 26 games, including 12 starts for Quad Cities. He threw 89 2/3 innings and was ranked fourth in the Midwest League with a 2.61 ERA. His 1.07 WHIP on the season was also third best in the league.

Below is a list of the Players and Pitchers of the Month this season for Quad Cities:

Month Player Pitcher

April Teoscar Hernandez Vincent Velasquez

May Carlos Correa Lance McCullers

June Carlos Correa Colton Cain

July Rio Ruiz Jordan Jankowski

Through Monday, every Astros minor league affiliate has a .500 or better record, and they are a combined 369-270 for a .577 winning percentage – the best among any organization's minor league system. Five affiliates - Triple-A Oklahoma City, Double-A Corpus Christi, advanced Class-A Lancaster, short-season Class-A Tri-City and rookie-level Greeneville were each in or tied for first place in their respective divisions through Monday. Corpus Christi and Lancaster have already clinched playoff spots with first-half division titles.

UP NEXT: Modern Woodmen Park is a nominee for the "Best Minor League Ballpark" in the 2013 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, and fans can vote once per day at 10Best.com until the winner is announced Aug. 14. The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park Wednesday, Aug. 7. 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 www.riverbandits.com. 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 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 next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses . The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks - 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!

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MODERN WOODMEN PARK IS NOMINATED FOR 10BEST READERS' CHOICE AWARD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 09 August 2013 12:07

The home of the Quad Cities River Bandits, Modern Woodmen Park is the oldest ballpark used continuously by a current Minor League Baseball team for at least 50 years.

It is in the running for “Best Minor League Ballpark” in the 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. Voting continues until noon EDT Monday, Aug. 12, with the winner to be announced Wednesday, Aug. 14.

A link to vote is available at www.riverbandits.com.

 
APPEL'S FIRST WIN PUTS BANDITS IN FIRST PLACE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 12:36

Bobby Borchering and Brian Blasik homer to lift Quad Cities past Cedar Rapids by one-half game

 

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AUG. 6, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-hander Mark Appel retired the first 10 Cedar Rapids Kernels he faced Tuesday night in a career-high five innings and his first professional victory, while the offense continued its hot hitting to push the club into first place in the second-half standings following a 7-2 win at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

 

For a second straight game, Quad Cities (27-16 second half, 65-47 overall) gave its starting pitcher a 3-0 lead before he took the mound. Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez again led off with a single, and shortstop Carlos Correa's one-out double to center field put runners at second and third bases against left-hander Josue Montanez (4-5). Left fielder Danry Vasquez flied to center field to drive in Hernandez, and first baseman Bobby Borchering followed with a towering blast to left field for his third home run as a River Bandit and a 3-0 advantage for the visitors.

 

The River Bandits added another run in the fourth inning, when catcher Roberto Pena doubled off the wall and scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Brian Blasik, who added the next run with his third home run of the season to left field. Montanez lasted through seven innings, allowing five hits and five earned runs with no walks and five strikeouts.

 

Appel (1-0) cruised through the first 10 batters with only one ball hit to the outfield. In the fourth inning, he issued a one-out walk to Kernels first baseman Niko Goodrum for the home team's first baserunner. In the fifth inning, left fielder Max Kepler grounded a ball that second baseman Tony Kemp dropped for an error. Two batters later, catcher Tyler Grimes lifted a one-out single to right field for the Kernels' first hit. After a groundout by designated hitter Bo Altobelli, second baseman Joel Licon hit a two-run single to right-center field for the Kernels only runs, slicing the lead to 5-2. But Appel retired the next batter to complete five innings and make himself eligible for his first professional win.

 

Right-hander Patrick Christensen made his Quad Cities debut starting the sixth inning. He retired nine of the 10 batters he faced, striking out five and allowing one hit. Quad Cities added a run on an eighth-inning RBI double by Correa, who had 12 hits in the four-games series, and a ninth-inning tally on right fielder Jordan Scott's RBI single. Left-hander Mitchell Lambson got the final three outs.

 

Tuesday's victory put Quad Cities one-half game ahead of the Kernels (27-17, 67-45) for first in the Western Division second-half standings and also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

 

The River Bandits open a six-game home stand on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the Clinton LumberKings. River Bandits right-hander Lance McCullers (6-5) will face LumberKings right-hander Victor Sanchez (3-5).

 

UP NEXT: Modern Woodmen Park is a nominee for the “Best Minor League Ballpark” in the 2013 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, and fans can vote once per day at 10Best.com until the winner is announced Aug. 14. The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park Wednesday, Aug. 7. 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 www.riverbandits.com. 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 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 next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses . The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks – 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!

 

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Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds and State Historical Museum partner to bring Floppy to the Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 12:30

Museum artifact to be on display at Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds’s State Fair booth

(DES MOINES)Floppy is going to the Iowa State Fair. The Governor’s Office and the State Historical Museum of Iowa today announced that Floppy, a beagle puppet from the locally produced children’s television program from 1957- 1987, will be on display at Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds’s booth in the Varied Industries Building during the Iowa State Fair from August 8-18, 2013.

“The Lt. Governor and I are proud to partner with the State Historical Museum to host Floppy at the Governor’s Office State Fair booth,” said Branstad. “Floppy is back by popular demand and we encourage all Iowans to stop by our booth to see an old friend at this popular attraction.”

“As many people know, Duane Ellett and Floppy had a strong relationship with the Iowa State Fair, so this is a perfect opportunity to let Floppy be seen at the Governor’s booth,” said Mary Cownie, director of Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, which oversees the State Historical Museum.

Ellett and Floppy hosted and performed on the “The Floppy Show” and other locally-produced television programs on WHO-TV in Des Moines. Ellett carved Floppy from Balsa wood and brought him and other puppet characters to life through ventriloquism, creating memories for children who “beeped” his nose and told riddles, such as “Why did the man put his car in the oven? Because he wanted a hot rod.” The programs also featured vintage cartoons.

Ellett died in 1987 and his family donated Floppy and his puppet friends – Uncle Taffy, The Inspector, Scary Mary, Matilda the Bookworm, and a Floppy prototype – to the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, in 1993. The artifacts were on display in the State Historical Museum of Iowa’s “Where’s Floppy?” exhibition from 1994 until June 2013.

After the Iowa State Fair concludes, Floppy will be transported to the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, a nationally-renowned conservation laboratory in Omaha, Nebraska, where conservators will conduct an in-depth examination. After its completion, the conservators will consult with Museum staff to develop a preservation treatment plan for Floppy and his puppet friends.

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The State Historical Museum has served the citizens of Iowa for more than 120 years as a forum for cultural and civic engagement, a hub for hands-on-education, and a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors and citizens alike to interact with the stories of Iowa. Today, the Museum is home to more than 100,000 artifacts in its collections with more than 50,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing Iowa’s rich history and cultural legacy.  For more information visit www.iowahistory.org.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.

 
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