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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 17 June 2013 08:11

Jesse Wierzbicki has fourth straight multi-hit game to go to 9-for-17 with 9 RBIs on home stand

DAVENPORT, Iowa (JUNE 14, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits managed to out-hit the Burlington Bees, 7-5, Friday night, but they left 11 runners on base in a 3-1 loss to the visitors in front of 5,196 at Modern Woodmen Park.

Bees right-hander Patrick Lowery (3-3) allowed a leadoff single by River Bandits center fielder Teoscar Hernandez but only allowed two runners to reach third base in six shutout innings. He gave up five walks and four hits but struck out three batters. River Bandits right-hander Vincent Velasquez (4-3) gave up all three Burlington runs to suffer his first loss in exactly one month.

Burlington (25-37) started quickly against Velasquez, as third baseman Sherman Johnson singled to right-center field leading off the game, and right fielder Kyle Johnson followed with a single to center. Velasquez then walked first baseman Wade Hinkle before striking out designated hitter Andrew Ray. Bees second baseman Chance Ross then bounced a ball back to Velasquez on the mound, but he threw wide of home plate, and catcher Jobduan Morales could not make the catch, as Sherman Johnson scored for a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Ross drew a leadoff walk, and left fielder Kevin Moesquit was hit by a pitch. Center fielder Chevy Clarke then singled to right field to grow the lead to 2-0. Two batters later, shortstop Wendell Soto added an RBI groundout for a 3-0 advantage. Velasquez completed five innings, allowing three hits, two walks and two earned runs while striking out six batters.

Right-hander Jamaine Cotton started the sixth inning with a 3-0 deficit and retired the first six batters he faced. He also struck out the side in the eighth inning to match a career high with six strikeouts. He allowed a leadoff single in the ninth inning by Clarke, who reached third base but did not score. Cotton tossed four shutout innings and allowed just two hits.

The Bees bullpen opened in the seventh inning with right-hander Joseph Krehbiel, who issued Hernandez a one-out walk before second baseman Austin Elkins hit a single. Designated hitter Miles Hamblin lined out before Wierzbicki hit a two-out RBI single for his second hit of the game. He has four straight multi-hit games and is 9-for-17 with 9 RBIs in the home stand.

With a 3-1 lead, right-hander Kurt Spomer worked around a two-out single in the eighth inning, and right-hander Robert Powell pitched a perfect ninth inning for his second save. The River Bandits left at least one runner on base in each inning except the fourth and ninth – for a total of 11 left on base. Quad Cities (36-30) went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

The River Bandits and Bees continue their series with a doubleheader Saturday. Game 1 begins at 6 p.m. and will feature River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor (4-1) opposing Bees left-hander Brandon Love (1-3). Quad Cities All-Star right-hander Lance McCullers (3-4) will start Game 2, with left-hander Tyler DeLoach making his Midwest League debut for Burlington. Each game is seven innings.

UP NEXT: “Team Ghost Riders” Cowboy Monkeys will be at Modern Woodmen Park for Saturday's doubleheader. It's also John Deere Night and a Fan Appreciation Saturday presented by CBS4. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the twin bill. 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.

Local Quad Cities Business on the Red Carpet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Crystal Milburn   
Friday, 14 June 2013 13:52

Studio 910's Original Fascinator Design on the Red Carpet at Preakness and The Kentucky Derby

Davenport, IA (June 14, 2013) - Fashion happens everywhere and Spring is a busy time of year for those in the industry. Studio 910 of Davenport, Iowa has recently been seen on the red carpet of two very well-known horse racing events: Preakness and The Kentucky Derby. Fascinators, Studio 910’s specialty, are worn for a variety of social events including horse racing events, weddings, and cocktail parties, and often seen on public figures such as Kate Middleton. It is an alternative to a hat, or a miniature hat, and is fastened by a band or clip.

Studio 910 is credited with adorning Ms. Racing Queen, Tatiana Schoeppler, with an original fascinator design as she presented the 2013 Preakness Trophy alongside Bob Costas of NBC Sports and Frank Stronach of Stronach Group. Brooke Terronez, studio owner, is credited as saying, “we could not have been more honored to see this fashionista wearing one of our favorite fascinators. Her entire ensemble looked stunning.” In another Kodak moment and alongside Ms. Racing Queen on the red carpet are Mr. Stronach (Stronach Group), Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed, making the event even more memorable.

At the Kentucky Derby, Briana Mott of Fashion at the Races, was photographed in a Studio 910 piece on the red carpet. Mott is an expert in horse racing fashion, both speaking on the topic and making appearances. The piece worn is the same as that of Ms. Racing Queen.


About Studio 910

Studio 910 creates one of a kind original millinery pieces as well as custom pieces for weddings, horse racing, and social events. Studio 910 fascinators are meticulously handmade by artisans who have a passion for attention to finite detail. Featured in Dappled Grey, Fashion at the Races, HATalk, and on Paula Sands Live, Studio 910 has established a growing presence in women’s fashion since 2009. Each decorative piece is made by hand and sold both online and in Charm Boutique of Bettendorf, Iowa.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 14 June 2013 09:58

Some of these players may be playing for the Quad Cities River Bandits in the very near future. - Ed.

Club has signed 13 of 40 selections from 2013 MLB Draft

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced today the signing of nine selections from the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft: 2B Tony Kemp (5th round), CF Jason Martin (8th round), SS Thomas Lindauer (23rd round), LHP Albert Minnis (25th round), RHP William Chrismon (26th round), RHP Pat Christensen (27th round), LHP Randall Fant (29th round), RHP Zachary Morton (32nd round) and RHP Tyler Brunnemann (40th round). Contract terms were not disclosed. The announcement was made by Astros Director of Amateur Scouting Mike Elias.

Kemp, 21, becomes the Astros highest selection to sign since last weekend’s draft. A second baseman out of Vanderbilt, Kemp was this year’s SEC Player of the Year after leading the SEC in batting average, on-base percentage, runs and stolen bases. He was also a first-team All-American and finished his season ranking second in the NCAA in hits and 13th in batting average. Kemp was signed by Astros Area Scout Nick Venuto.

“Tony has been the spark atop the Vanderbilt lineup the past few years and we are thrilled to add him to the Astros organization,” said Elias. “He has been a success everywhere he has played and brings energy, game-changing speed and defensive versatility to the field every day. He has excited our scouts all year and we expect Astros fans will feel the same when they see him play.”

Martin, 17, is the first high school player to sign with Houston. He played last year at Orange Lutheran HS in California and was named a Rawlings Third Team All-American and to the California All-Region First Team. Martin was signed by Astros Area Scout Brad Budzinski.

“Jason has what we call a ‘strong profile’ for a center fielder – he’s fast, he’s a left-handed hitter, he works good at-bats and he can hit – all ingredients to develop into a prototypical leadoff man one day,” said Elias. “He impressed our scouting staff this spring with his consistent and energetic play and is only 17 years old, so we are looking forward to watching him grow and advance in our system.”

The Astros have signed 13 of their 40 draft picks this season. The players agreeing to terms on contracts are listed below.

Fox Sports 1230 To Carry Green Bay Packers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim O'Hara   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 09:07

Clear Channel Radio Quad Cities is proud to announce that beginning this fall, FOX Sports Radio 1230 (WFXN-AM) is the area’s exclusive radio home for the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay Packers Rushing to 1230AM WFXN

Davenport, IA - The Quad Cities’ AM 1230, WFXN is proud to announce that starting with the 2013-14 NFL season the station will be the exclusive Quad Cities home for Green Bay Packers football. WFXN will carry all games including home and away during the regular season, plus preseason and any postseason appearances.  

WFXN will broadcast the games on the radio on AM 1230 or online at or on iHeartRadio. “It is a thrill to bring NFL icons like the Green Bay Packers to WFXN’s listeners”, said WFXN program director, Ron Evans.  “We hope the ‘cheeseheads’ who love the Pack, and even those who don’t; will tune in for the latest and greatest from historic Lambeau Field with this year’s green and gold squad.”

The addition of Green Bay Packers football to WFXN Fox Sports 1230 means the return to Quad Cities radio for veteran play-by-play man Wayne Larrivee; who worked in the area earlier in his career at KSTT-AM in Davenport. While broadcasting in the Quad Cities Wayne called for Iowa Hawkeye football as well as local high school football and Quad City Angels baseball. Larrivee also has worked for The Chicago Bears.

The Green Bay Packers are among the most storied franchises in the National Football League, having won 13 championships—the most of any team.

AM 1230 WFXN is one of six Quad City area radio stations owned by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.  Other stations in the local Clear Channel cluster includes, 103.7 FM WLLR, 101.3 FM KISS, 96.1 FM KMXG, 101.3 FM KCQQ, and AM 1420 WOC.  With 243 million monthly listeners in the U.S. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio and television outlet in America.


Q&A on the Fate of Olympic Wrestling with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:27

Q:        Will wrestling retain its status as one of the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympics?

A: Thanks in part to wrestling fans across Iowa, the popular sport may retain its status in the Olympic games after all.  Uniting fans from around the world, an international groundswell of support captured the attention of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which in February voted to put wrestling on the chopping block for the 2020 games.  Crossing geo-political boundaries, wrestling enthusiasts from the United States joined forces with those who share a passion for wrestling from 180 other countries, including an unlikely alliance for wrestlers from the United States and those from Russia and Iran.  Considering that 71 countries sent wrestlers to the London games last summer and the sport attracts a global audience averaging 23 million viewers, it seemed incredible that the IOC chose to pull the mat out from underneath this beloved sporting event.  A competition with roots dating back to the games of ancient Greece, wrestling first made its Olympic debut in 708 B.C.  The astonishing proposal to eliminate wrestling by the IOC earlier this year mobilized the wrestling community into high gear.

Q:        Do you support efforts to keep wrestling in the Olympic games?

A:        Absolutely. In February, I introduced a Senate Resolution with Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio to put the disapproval of wrestling fans on public record.  Our bipartisan resolution won Senate passage in March.  And, the global wrestling community captured the attention of decision-makers at the IOC, who in late May voted to keep wrestling on a short list of finalists for a crucial vote this fall.  The meeting in Russia of the IOC executive board will now be followed by a final vote in September of the general assembly in Buenos Aires.  I applaud efforts of the grass roots, from athletes, their families and the fans who raised their collective voice through social media and online petitions to help continue the efforts to clinch wrestling’s spot in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.  Iowa enjoys a dynamic, rich wrestling tradition, from youth programs to high school and intercollegiate competition.  Anyone who has watched a match understands it takes true grit for an athlete to compete one-on-one on the mat.  Win or lose, athletes score life-long lessons during training and competition, including self-discipline, self-confidence and goal-setting.  Many of the best and brightest students who apply for appointment to an elite military service academy through my Senate office are high school wrestlers.  Nationwide, more than 270,000 high school athletes wrestle, including more than 8,000 women.  The IOC has approved 25 core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, including athletics (track and field), rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, Judo, aquatics, modern pentathlon, Tae Kwon Do, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and volleyball.  A few years ago, the IOC added golf and rugby for the XXXI Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  Its vote in September will decide if wrestling, squash or softball/baseball pins the 28th spot for the 2020 Olympic Summer Games.

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