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Loebsack Statement on Reinstatement of Wrestling as a Core Olympic Sport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonnie Hampel   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:49

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to reinstate wrestling as a core Olympic sport for the 2020 games. Loebsack joined Congressmen Jim Jordan (OH-04), and Tim Walz (MN-01) to lead the fight in the House of Representatives to get wrestling back into the Olympics after it was announced earlier this year that it was dropped from the games. Last week, the Congressmen wrote to the President of the IOC, Dr. Jacques Rogge, to call on him to reinstate wrestling.

“Today’s decision is great news for the sport of wrestling, but also for those who have fought so hard to demonstrate what wrestling means to the international community,” said Loebsack. “The history of collegiate and Olympic wrestling runs through Iowa and we know that the determination and the hard work it teaches our kids provides them the skills it takes to succeed in life. I want to especially thank Coach Dan Gable and Coach Terry Brands for their tireless efforts to keep wrestling where it belong in the Olympics.”


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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:48

Quad Cities can advance to Midwest League Championship with win Sunday or Monday in Beloit

DAVENPORT, Iowa (SEPT. 7, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits' dominant postseason pitching continued for a third straight game, as left-hander Josh Hader allowed one run on three hits in a career-high seven innings Saturday night, and the bullpen finished a 3-1 win over the Beloit Snappers in Game 1 of the Midwest League Western Division final in front of 1,760 at Modern Woodmen Park.

Quad Cities took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series and can advance to the Midwest League Championship with a victory Sunday or Monday in Beloit, where Quad Cities went 5-2 as the visiting team this season. Dating back to the 2011 playoffs, the River Bandits have won 10 straight postseason games. Quad Cities has won 16 of 19 games overall and allowed only four hits for a third straight game.

Hader (1-0), who had starts of 6 1/3 and 6 2/3 innings with Delmarva in the South Atlantic League and twice worked six innings in the regular season for Quad Cities, faced one batter over the minimum Saturday. He allowed a first-inning leadoff single by left fielder Aaron Shipman, who was thrown out trying to steal second base. After a walk to designated hitter Ryan Mathews, Hader induced one of his team's two double plays. Hader had set down eight straight batters before Mathews hit a home run to left field with one out in the fourth inning. Hader then faced the minimum the rest of his outing, allowing only a fifth-inning leadoff single by right fielder John Wooten, who was retired as part of a double play. After allowing two earned runs on two hits and six walks with four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings against Beloit last Sunday, Hader walked one and struck out one batter Saturday.


The River Bandits beat their opponent to the scoreboard for the first time in the playoffs. In the first inning, center fielder Teoscar Hernandez hit a one-hopper to shortstop Sam Roberts, who bobbled the ball and threw it into the first-base dugout to allow Hernandez to reach second base. Shortstop Carlos Correa dropped a single in front of left fielder Aaron Shipman to score Hernandez for a 1-0 lead.


In the third inning against right-hander Andres Avila (0-1), designated hitter Brian Blasik hit a leadoff single to left-center field, and second baseman Tony Kemp singled to right field. With one out, Correa drove a sacrifice fly to center field to score Blasik and make it 2-0. Avila left after 4 2/3 innings, having allowed six hits and two runs – one earned. Right-hander Vincent Voiro walked third baseman Rio Ruiz with one out in the sixth inning, and right fielder Jordan Scott drove an RBI double to left-center field for a 3-1 lead.


After Hader, left-hander Mitchell Lambson pitched a perfect eighth inning with one strikeout. For a third straight playoff game, right-hander Andrew Walter pitched the final inning. He allowed a two-out single by Shipman but earned his second postseason save by striking out Mathews to end the game with Shipman at first base – the only runner Beloit left on base. The two-hour, 10-minute game was shorter than any nine-inning regular season game for Quad Cities this season.


Saturday's River Bandits victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount Sunday, Sept. 8. 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 Sunday, Sept. 8. Quad Cities will travel to Beloit for Game 2 at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. River Bandits right-hander Zach Morton (0-1) is scheduled to face Snappers right-hander Kyle Finnegan (1-1).

Fall/Winter Catalog Now Available PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:44
Davenport Parks and Recreation fall session starts next week! Pick up your catalog today at the River's Edge or Vander Veer, or browse our online catalog.
Catalogs available at:
River's Edge, 700 W River Dr, or
Vander Veer, 215 W Central Park
We offer a variety of programs this fall, including:
  • Learn to Skate Lessons
  • Performing Arts Programs
  • Nature Programs
  • Soccer Leagues
  • Volleyball Leagues
  • Special Events
  • Adult Programs
  • Youth Programs
  • Adaptive & Inclusive
  • and more!

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:23

River Bandits continue $1 drink and food specials, $5 for all regular individual seating

DAVENPORT, Iowa (SEPT. 6, 2013) – With a first-round sweep in the Midwest League playoffs, the Quad Cities River Bandits have advanced to the best-of-three Midwest League Western Division final, and the promotions take another step forward for Saturday's 5:35 p.m. Game 1 against the Beloit Snappers at Modern Woodmen Park.

With a Mega Tablet Giveaway, the River Bandits will give away nine tablets – one during each inning of Saturday's game – courtesy of Video Games, ETC.! The River Bandits will also auction their game-worn batting practice jerseys from this season on Saturday, with proceeds to benefit the Genesis Foundation. A postgame fireworks show will also take place at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, and the team will continue offering 12-ounce beer and soda for just $1 each, as well as $1 hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos. All regular individual seats are now on sale for $5 each.

“The playoffs are a perfect opportunity for us to say thank you to the people of the Quad Cities by offering discounted tickets, discounted food and drink, a great fireworks show and a huge new promotion," said River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller. “Our fans will have incredible opportunities to bid on the game-worn batting practice jerseys of this year's exciting River Bandits team, win a brand new Android tablet, and enjoy great deals on tickets and concessions – all capped off by another fireworks show at the Best Minor League Ballpark in the country!”

Groups may call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000 to book a group area or suite for the Saturday, Sept. 7, game.


Game 2 of the Western Division final will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Pohlman Field in Beloit, and Game 3, if necessary, would be at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Beloit. Every River Bandits game is broadcasted live presented by Mediacom at

The River Bandits advanced to the Midwest League Western Division final for the second time in three years Thursday with a two-game sweep of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, who finished the regular season with a Midwest League-leading 88 victories. Quad Cities has now won nine straight postseason games dating back to the 2011 Midwest League Championship run. Quad Cities has won five Midwest League Championships: 1968, 1971, 1979, 1990 and 2011.

UP NEXT: Saturday's playoff game will again feature all regular individual seats for $5 each, and 12-ounce beer and soda, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos will each be $1. 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 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, and a number of new bounce houses. The team’s major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, just saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs – the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The playoffs will likely be the last chance for Quad Cities fans to see 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa and many other future stars in a River Bandits uniform.


Loebsack, Jordan and Walz Call on IOC to Maintain Wrestling as Olympic Tradition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:16

IOC decision on wrestling expected this Sunday

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02), Jim Jordan (OH-04), and Tim Walz (MN-01) today wrote the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr. Jacques Rogge, calling on him to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic Sport in the 2020 Olympic Games. On Sunday, the IOC will meet in Buenos Aires to vote on which sport to include. Loebsack, Jordan and Walz have led the fight in the House of Representatives to reinstate wrestling since the decision was made to drop it as a core sport earlier this year.

“Wrestling’s inclusion in the Olympics dates back to 708 BC and the history of wrestling is the history of the Olympics itself,” the Congressmen wrote. “The Olympic Games are the embodiment of tradition, the culmination of childhood dreams and the hard work and dedication of athletes to reach the pinnacle of their sport. We believe strongly that wrestling exemplifies the best of these qualities in athletics. We strongly urge you to maintain wrestling as an Olympic tradition.”

A copy of the letter can be found here.

The resolution that Congressmen Loebsack, Jordan and Walz introduced earlier this year can be found here.


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